Civil Rights / Excessive Force Lawyers PA
It’s a police officers duty to protect and serve, but too often do we see and hear an incident on the news involving a police officer who shot an unarmed victim, or an officer who was unnecessarily brutal with a suspect. Unfortunately those officers are hardly ever reprimanded, and the incident is brushed under the rug to be forgotten about.
During the past few years, the United States has experienced major controversies—and civil unrest—regarding the growing problem of police violence and police deaths. Although deaths of police officers are well documented, no reliable official US data exists on the number of persons killed by the police, in part because of long-standing and well-documented resistance of police departments to making this data public (1).
In 2015, the Guardian launched a website called “The Counted” which quickly revealed that by June 9, 2015, over 500 people in the US had been killed by the police since January 1, 2015, twice what would be expected based on estimates from the US Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI).
For victims of police brutality, it can be disheartening to know that your case may never seriously be heard, and that the offending officer will continue to walk the streets, free to commit more brutal acts against undeserving victims. When police officers cross the line and tragedy results, they should be held accountable for their injuries. In cases of wrongful shootings or excessive use of force that result in serious injuries, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you hold the government accountable for their actions. Our team of lawyers at McEldrew Young are here to stand up for victims of police brutality and ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Our Philadelphia civil rights lawyers aggressively advocate on behalf of victims and seek justice for the wrong committed against them. If you are a victim of a serious injury due to police brutality or the family member of a wrongful death victim, call the Philadelphia catastrophic injury attorneys at McEldrew Young.